Beta of VLC for Windows 8 comes out




The VLC team has a first beta of the VLC app for Windows 8 released. A large part of the basic functionality is present, but some features are missing, such as hardware acceleration and playback streams.

The app works on both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, writes a developer of VLC on his own blog. According to the developer, Jean-Baptise Kempf, the VLC port was the hardest by far, till now, but he goes no further. Kempf also emphasized that it is a beta, and that not all funcionaliteit working properly. The app does not work on Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 for ARM CPUs. That there will eventually, along with a Windows Phone version, promises Kempf.

The app can play all formats that the desktop version of VLC will handle, but the application is currently still slow, warns the developer. There is no hardware acceleration and subtitle support is still mediocre, for example, the loading of external subtitle files is not possible. Moreover, the output sound still not works there is no support for playlists and playback streams, and the application is not very stable.


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